Hey there everyone – Been a LONG time since I last blogged (sorry!)… key reason (fyi) is that I’m trying to find the ever-challenging work/life balance during the best months of the year (here in Seattle July/Aug are GREAT! months – September is almost always good too). Anyway, it’s been a few weeks and I thought I’d catch you up… It all started with some travel (of course) and I was in Chicago for a SQLskills Immersion event and then off to London for another event with SQL Server FAQ (aka Tony Rogerson). I returned during the CRAZY travel restrictions and had to check two laptops (sigh) BUT they both made it back without damage after I purchased kitchen towels, bed sheets, a blanket and a duvet (and two new [cheap] suitcases) in which to pack them. When I got back, I relaxed! I’ve been up to see the Athabasca Glacier and Johnston Canyon and just this week I took off a day to do the “Lotus Experience” Advanced Driving Course at Pacific Raceways/ProFormance Racing School. I’ve always LOVED driving so driving 700 miles to Johnston Canyon didn’t bother me at all (especially with great company and fantastic tunes – have you heard the latest Snow Patrol?) and the driving course in the Lotus was not only great fun but VERY informational. I’ve taken the Advanced Driving course before and I think EVERYONE should consider continuing their education in driving – things like Collision Avoidance, Advanced Braking (understanding proper driving under ABS), “high eyes” and so many other things…just make you safer on the road. OK, enough about all that fun/practical stuff…..let’s get back to SQL.
Some great new resources are out:
- Books Online Updates are about every month or two now – are you keeping up? Here’s the July Update!
- The SQL Server 2005 Failover Clustering Resource Whitepaper whose primary author is the the primary author of the SQL Server 2000 High Availability book that I also had a small part in… the author is Avenade consultant Allan Hirt. He’s currently working on the update to our 2000 book (for 2005) and it’s slated for release toward the end of this year. Stay tuned on the book, I’ll post a link when it’s released.
- A whitepaper on Physical Database Storage Design
- And – along the lines of what my colleague Bob Beauchemin discusses in many of his classes – SODA (Service Oriented Database Architectures). Here’s the paper that started it all titled Service Oriented Database Architecture: App Server-Lite? by Dave Campbell and here’s a more recent paper titled How SQL Server 2005 Enables Service-Oriented Database Architectures by Don Kiely.
And – it’s now time to start enjoying Labor Day weekend, there ain’t no labor going on here this weekend. Enjoy – and check out those links next week. ;-)